Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial immigration minister Gerry Byrne needs Canada’s federal government to double the province’s immigrant allotment who can settle here over the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
“We are turning the estimated population decline flow, but we require the federal government to act on our demand, so our population growth will not be blocked, also the newcomers will not face longer proceeding times, and there will not be fewer immigration spaces of which to benefit,” he reportedly told Saltwire Network.
The provincial immigration minister wants Ottawa to increase Newfoundland and Labrador’s immigration spots number to 3,050 from 1,593. Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest call for a higher provincial distribution comes four months after a similar request by immigration ministers from all of the provinces and territories of Canada. Last summer, they called on Ottawa to aid businesses across the country employ more migrants by speeding up the application processing and enhancing provincial and territorial allotments.
“Newcomers are crucial to filling in-demand jobs, increasing our economy, and building a stronger Canada,” tweeted Ontario Immigration Minister Monte McNaughton in July. “Our job spots and factory floors want more boots on the ground.
“That’s why we’re calling on the federal government for a better agreement.”
The immigration minister of Canada’s most populated province met with his compliments from other provinces and territories to discuss the future of the nation’s immigration system in Saint John, New Brunswick in late July. The provincial and territorial ministers were then demanding a better say in the immigrant’s selection, more input into any transformation of the Express Entry system, and growth to their allocations below the PNPs.
“Across Canada, jobs are going unfilled and salaries available. Ottawa must let regions choose more of the skilled newcomers their communities want,” tweeted McNaughton.
“It’s time to stop holding Canada back.”
The recent Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) information expose that 760 new permanent residents (PR) settled in Newfoundland and Labrador through the PNP in the first nine months of this year.
PNP On Way To Welcome 1,013 New Permanent Residents To Newfoundland This Year
Newfoundland, as the province is frequently affectionately named, could see 1,013 new permanent residents this year through the PNP program based on that trend. That would be nearly double as many as the 570 new PR under the PNP program to the province in 2019, the previous full year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
It would also be almost exactly double the 510 new permanent residents to the province under that program last year.
Newfoundland and Labrador claim the immigration pace to the province have ground to a break as no more spaces are accessible for this year. But the territory is yet to accept applications. They are just being late to next year.
In 2015, Newfoundland welcomed 1,120 new PR. Based on the trend during the first nine months of this year, the province is on its way to welcoming 3,213 new PR this year.
That immigration level, if the present trend continues through to the end of the year, would mean a spike in the rate of immigration of 56.7 percent over the 2,050 new permanent residents that settled in Newfoundland and Labrador last year.
Additionally, Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is on track to support 753 new permanent residents who come to Newfoundland and Labrador this year, up 83.7% from 410 in 2021.
TR-To-PR Pathway Means New 293 Permanent Residents For Newfoundland And Labrador
The major percentage point in immigration programs in Newfoundland this year, however, is in the number of new permanent residents through the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident (TR-to-PR) one-time pathway which is expected to welcome 293 new PR, up 179.4% from the 105 newcomers to the territory last year.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s family sponsorship programs are projected to display 25.7 percent growth, with the number of new permanent residents coming through them this year predicted to hit 220.
And refugee programs are showing even greater growth, expected to end the year up 49.5% with a total of 740 newcomers.
Immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador has been so strong this year as to drive the fastest growth rate the province had got in more than half a century throughout the second quarter.
“Our population is surging while employment remains to progressively upsurge,” said Byrne. “This tells to the contributions our new residents are making to our economy and our government work to upskill and retrain labors for effective careers in the regional workforce.”
Statistics Canada statistics shows Newfoundland and Labrador’s population hopped by 2,929 people in this year’s second quarter, its fastest population rise since 1971.
Newfoundland Launched The Ways Job Matching Program Last Year
Last year, Newfoundland launched the Pathways Job Matching program. This is created to support companies fill full-time occupations and newcomers to find work more effortlessly.
“By matching companies directly in need with individuals requiring to live and work here, we are helping to address the workforce employer’s needs and assist population development,” said Byrne.
“Participating employers provide details on their unfilled full-time jobs. Then, eligible newcomers to offer their job credentials. Once that happens, our staff begin matching newcomers who want jobs with companies who need labor.
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